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Integrating core conflictual relationship themes in neurobiological assessment of interpersonal processes in psychotherapy

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Draganski,  Bogdan
University Institute of Psychotherapy (IUP), Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland;
Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Grandjean, L., Beuchat, H., Gyger, L., de Roten, Y., Despland, J., Draganski, B., et al. (2020). Integrating core conflictual relationship themes in neurobiological assessment of interpersonal processes in psychotherapy. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. doi:10.1002/capr.12294.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-A0F2-4
Abstract
Interpersonal processes are a key target in counselling and psychotherapy. It is of paramount importance to sharpen their assessment using integrated methods. Hence, this methodological paper describes how fields of research in psychotherapy and neuroimaging can be integrated into one novel complementary neurobehavioural paradigm that can be applied to enhance our understanding of interpersonal processes in psychotherapy. To illustrate this integration, we present selected data from a pre–post pilot study where the authors assessed interpersonal processes in brief treatment for borderline personality disorder using the core conflictual relationship theme, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and outcome questionnaires. To do so, they measured individual changes in neural activity using an fMRI task pre‐ and post‐treatment where clients gave feedback on the emotional valence of sentences extracted from their own Relationship Anecdotes Paradigm interviews mixed with neutral ones. In this paper, using data from two participants of said study, we discuss how to implement this methodology and what can be achieved in terms of results.